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Indy scores pro soccer team

December 28, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Real estate executive Ersal Ozdemir secured a deal to play the first couple of seasons at the track and soccer stadium at IUPUI, but said he hoped to build an 8,000- to 10,000-seat soccer stadium downtown within four years.
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City makes list of finalists to host 2018 Super Bowl

December 28, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The city will make its case at the May 19-21 owners’ meeting in Atlanta, alongside fellow finalists New Orleans and Minneapolis.
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LOPRESTI: New Year’s Eve brings real break from past at Butler

December 28, 2013
This won’t be your garden variety New Year’s Eve. The ball drops at 7:30 p.m., not midnight, and it’ll be orange. This Auld Lang Syne comes with 3-pointers.
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Indy Eleven soccer games to be locally televised this spring

December 26, 2013
Chris O'Malley
WNDY-TV Channel 23 will broadcast the club's inaugural campaign. One of its challenges will be to field a team of announcers who can provide authoritative play-by-play.
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IndyCar suit seeks millions from Brazilian promoter

December 21, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The IndyCar Series has filed a lawsuit against Radio e Televisao Bandeirantes Ltda., the promoter of an IndyCar race in Sao Paulo, Brazil, seeking to recover a seven-figure sanctioning fee that was due this summer.
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Assembly Hall to carry Simon Skjodt name after major renovation

December 19, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana University's Assembly Hall will be renamed Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall after the school uses a $40 million gift from IU graduate and Indianapolis philanthropist Cindy Simon Skjodt to renovate the facility, IU announced Thursday afternoon.
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NCAA concussion cases sent to Chicago by U.S. judges’ panel

December 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
Ten lawsuits accusing the National Collegiate Athletic Association of concealing the long-term risks of concussions sustained in student sports must be litigated in Chicago, not Indianapolis, a federal judges’ panel ruled.
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Pacers-Heat game most-watched ever for NBA TV

December 11, 2013
Associated Press
The network said the Tuesday night telecast averaged 920,000 viewers, topping out at more than 1 million from 10:15 to 10:30 p.m. EST.
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Speedway sets agenda for $140M in improvements

December 11, 2013
Associated Press
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway says it is ready to start a projected $140 million in improvement projects using $100 million in state assistance.
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Group to determine if Anderson gym can be saved

December 5, 2013
Associated Press
Former Muncie Central High School basketball coach Terry Thimlar is proposing putting an NBA Development League team in the Wigwam in an effort to save the historic venue.
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Parties disagree on combining NCAA concussion lawsuits

December 5, 2013
Bloomberg News
Head-trauma lawsuits by ex-football players filed against the NCAA defy easy consolidation—unlike National Football League cases consolidated by federal judges and later settled for $765 million.
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Big Ten football championship sells out, packs downtown hotels

December 5, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The battle on Saturday between Ohio State and Michigan State, plus ESPN broadcasts and special events downtown, are expected to have a $15 million economic impact on Indy. That's a vast improvement over the 2012 championship.
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Former Colt Saturday seeks 'jock tax' refund from Cleveland

December 4, 2013
Mason King
Jeff Saturday has filed suit against the city of Cleveland, fighting a so-called "jock tax" that he contends unfairly dinged him during his playing days as an Indianapolis Colt.
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Sales of NBA floor space off to slow start

December 3, 2013
Bloomberg News
The Indiana Pacers were the first NBA team to jump on the opportunity to sell advertising on the court. So far, just two other teams have followed suit.
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Peyton Manning wears ankle brace designed by local entrepreneur

November 30, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Rick Peters, founder of Carmel-based Ultra Athlete LLC—a small manufacturing firm with a reputation for state-of-the-art ankle braces—sent his latest brace to the Denver Broncos head trainer on a whim, and saw Manning wearing it three days later.
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Butler University's Danko seeks lasting gains from hoops glory

November 30, 2013
Sam Stall
The new president is seeking to build lasting gains from the school’s 15 minutes of hoops glory.
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Westfield gearing up for big hospitality play

November 30, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Westfield’s massive Grand Park Sports Campus doesn’t open until March, but city leaders already are focused on making sure the 1 million-plus visitors they expect next year want to come back.
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Mayor pushing plan to use city funds to upgrade Natatorium

November 27, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Mayor Greg Ballard is proposing to pay about half of the $20 million needed to upgrade the Natatorium at IUPUI. The city's Capital Improvement Board is also considering setting aside tax revenue for operation expenses.
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Indianapolis lands 2016 Olympic diving trials

November 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The trials will take place at the Indiana University Natatorium at IUPUI. The facility is in need of millions of dollars in repairs, organizers say.
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City's new pro hockey team to be called Indy Fuel

November 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Fuel said they are in the process of hiring front-office and coaching staff, signing an affiliation agreement with a NHL franchise, and recruiting players to fill the roster.
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Pro hockey returning to coliseum in 2014

November 25, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana State Fair Commission announced Monday that it signed a deal with Indiana Hockey Club LLC, an ECHL expansion franchise that will become an anchor tenant for the fairgrounds’ newly renovated coliseum.
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Pacers hire Disney to help upgrade service

November 23, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers recently entered a long-term contract with Walt Disney Co.’s Disney Institute, to polish customer service from top to bottom.
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Colts to remain with Jim Irsay after divorce

November 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Jim and Meg Irsay announced on Thursday that they had mutually agreed to end their 33-year marriage, and that Jim would maintain 100-percent ownership of the Indianapolis Colts, estimated to be worth $1.2 billion.
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NCAA sues Electronic Arts over athlete lawsuit settlement

November 20, 2013
Bloomberg News
The National Collegiate Athletic Association sued Electronic Arts Inc., saying the video-game maker hasn’t agreed to indemnify the NCAA for legal claims by college athletes and hasn’t maintained insurance to do so.
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Proposed GM plan reserves space for soccer stadiumRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
One of the players vying to redevelop the former General Motors metal-stamping plant has set aside room in his plans for a roughly 10,000-seat stadium where his own North American Soccer League franchise could play.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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